Walk: Stepney and Whitechapel
Wednesday, October 3, 10:30am start
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It’s a 2½ hour tour with plenty of pauses and you will:
• See the secret 300-year-old Jewish cemetery hidden within an astonishing modern setting; also a tiny functioning synagogue dwarfed on all sides by a Mosque; and the remnants of a major synagogue concealed within a luxury apartment block
• Meet characters from yesteryear such as the Jewish boxing champion whose finest match was outside the ring; the world renowned hairdresser and his East End apprenticeship; the young synagogue cantor who charmed the world; and the wedding photographer who brought Hollywood to the East End
• Come across erstwhile Yiddish theatres and their former stars; a pub where a pint and a potato latke were the usual fayre; the much loved Jewish Hospital; and treasure-filled Whitechapel Road, Mile End, Commercial Road and what was aptly named the Jewish Market of Hessel Street
• Stand on the very spot where a young Winston Churchill directed the notorious 1911 Siege of Sidney Street against Jewish anarchists and visit the area where Oswald Mosley's hated fascists were driven back by Jewish activists during the celebrated Battle of Cable Street in 1936
Stephen Burstin has been conducting guided tours for 25 years and specialises in the fascinating history and rich heritage of London's Jewish community. He provides an informative and entertaining variety of tours in different districts of the capital and delights in sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for Jewish London.
You may also be interested in Stephen's two other walks – Spitalfields & Aldgate on 6 September and Soho and Fitzrovia on 20 September. Click on the title names for details.